Catasauqua’s baseball team got just what it needed – three timely wins.
Plagued by inexperience and injuries, the Roughies were sputtering and struggling with a 1-5 record, and they didn’t see any help in sight.
But they rallied for three impressive wins and raised their mark to 4-5 overall, and more importantly, 4-4 in league play.
Catty defeated Salisbury, 3-1, and followed it with a 15-5 victory over Moravian Academy and a 13-3 drubbing of Bangor.
In her senior season, Tyra Brown couldn’t have asked for better timing.
Brown was undefeated in the 100 and 200 meter events through the Roughies first three meets of the season. She attributed her success to probably being in the best track shape of her high school career, a fitting time for her and her teammates.
“I believe I am in the best shape I have been,” said Brown. “I lifted a lot during the offseason and ran much more than I have. It was much more intense than it has been over the past three years. I wanted to go out with a bang and do the very best that I can do.”
Unlike most basketball coaches, Ed Seidick loves to watch videotapes of games.
However, Seidick began to lose his desire during the latter part of the season. The Catasauqua girls’ basketball coach began to think it was time for a change.
“I love to watch videotapes and break down games, “ he said. “But about the last quarter of the season, I wasn’t putting in the time that I usually did. I knew I was compromising myself and the kids.
“I wasn’t doing the kids any justice and my desire wasn’t the same.”
In the early going, Catasauqua’s baseball team is learning how to mature.
The young, inexperienced Roughies became victims to the unusually late batch of winter weather that limited their practice schedule, a major component to their success this season.
Instead, they are literally learning on the run as they continue to search for consistency on both ends of their game. Their 13-1 loss at Palisades Monday dropped their overall mark to 1-5 on the season.
If Catasauqua’s first meet is an indication of their success this season, the Roughies certainly are on the right track.
Even though they were on the short end of the results for both boys’ and girls’, the Roughies had several standout performers.
Tyra Brown took a pair of firsts in the 100 and 200 meters. Teammate Kenzie Bradley was the top place finisher in the girls’ high jump. Bradley also finished second in the long jump.
Trinity Kern finished second in the 300 meter hurdles and Tory Simmons also was second in the javelin.
Simply put, the Roughies softball team is young.
Emma Bellesfield, Alexia Reichl, and Maddy Zangl are the lone seniors on the roster. It will be a true test of patience.
In their first two games of this season, the Roughies suffered a 27-1 loss to Notre Dame and a 16-1 defeat to Northwestern. Catty has 16 players on its roster.
“Right now, we are giving away too many outs,” said head coach Bobby Thomas. “We really don’t have a lot of experience. Against Notre Dame, we gave up seven or eight outs in the first inning.
Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley knows his team isn’t hitting on all cylinders. It also may be some time before they get there.
“We need to have some pretty good pitching, play good defense, and score some runs,” said Bradley. “Right now, we have one piece of the puzzle.
“We’re dropping popups and not getting runners in when we need to.”
Through their first two games, the Roughies are 0-2 and have dropped a 13-1 decision to Notre Dame, a 5-1 game to Northwestern, and a 10-0 shutout to Northampton, a five-inning game in which Catty had one hit.
With the setbacks of the recent winter storms, Catasauqua’s track team is anxious to begin the regular season.
New head coach Kyle Rusnock is a big part.
The always energetic Rusnock has brought a high level of energy into the program.
The Roughies will have to wait until April 3 with a home meet against Palisades to get underway as their scheduled season opener Tuesday at Wilson was postponed.
Northampton’s and Catasauqua’s baseball seasons got underway Monday afternoon, but it certainly was a long journey to get there.
The series of nor’easter snow storms that rocked the Lehigh Valley and beyond during the month of March placed practice schedules in a state of frenzy and pushed back scheduled starting dates nearly a week.
It will yet to be seen how the sudden and untimely winter weather will affect timing of hitters and pitchers as well as cause havoc on the sprinters and throwers.
For the upcoming 2018 season, Catasauqua will return seven senior starters to its lineup. It should be a solid core that will allow the Roughies to steadily fill some holes.
Last season, the Roughies finished with an overall 9-12 mark and their season ended in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 3A playoffs with a 2-0 loss to Tamaqua. They lost four seniors to graduation, two of them fixtures on the mound in Rod Berger and Colin Hawk.